Sometimes When We Touch
|"Sometimes When We Touch"|
|Single by Dan Hill|
|from the album Longer Fuse|
|B-side||"Still Not Used To"|
|Length||4:05 (Album Version)|
3:31 (Single Edit)
20th Century Fox (USA/UK)
|Songwriter(s)||Dan Hill (lyrics)|
Barry Mann (music)
|Producer(s)||Matthew McCauley, Fred Mollin|
"Sometimes When We Touch" is a 1977 ballad written by Dan Hill (lyrics) and Barry Mann (music) on the album Longer Fuse. It was first released as a single by Canadian pop rock artist Dan Hill. His version of the song became the most successful and his biggest hit. Since its original release "Sometimes When We Touch" has been released by several different artists in various musical formats.
Dan Hill version
Hill was inspired to write "Sometimes When We Touch" from a previous relationship. In an interview with CBN News in 2017, Hill explained that the song was about being in love with someone who did not have similar feelings for him, "She was interested in another man, so that was breaking my heart. So I thought I needed to write a song that would capture her and win her over—that would be so passionate in a sense that she’d see that I’m the only guy for her."
"Sometimes When We Touch" was first recorded in 1977. Musicians included Bobby Ogdin (piano), Larrie Londin (drums), Bob Mann (guitar), Don Potter (guitar), Tom Szczesniak (bass). The record was produced by Fred Mollin and Matthew McCauley, recorded at Manta Sound, Toronto.
Mark Gray and Tammy Wynette version
|"Sometimes When We Touch"|
|Single by Mark Gray and Tammy Wynette|
|from the album This 'Ol Piano or Sometimes When We Touch|
|B-side||"You're Gonna Be the Last Love"|
|Tammy Wynette singles chronology|
|Mark Gray singles chronology|
In 1985, "Sometimes When We Touch" was notably covered by American country music artists Mark Gray and Tammy Wynette. The tune was recorded as a duet between the artists and originally released as a single the same year.
The song was recorded in November 1984 and was produced by Steve Buckingham. It was released as a single in January 1985 via Columbia Records. The B-side of the record was a solo recording by Mark Gray entitled "You're Gonna Be the Last Love". The single reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number 25 on the Canadian Country chart. The song became Wynette's first top ten hit since 1982's "Another Chance" and Gray's fourth top ten hit as a solo artist.
The song was issued on both Gray and Wynette's solo studio albums. "Sometimes When We Touch" first appeared on Gray's album This 'Ol Piano in 1984. It was the only duet recording featured on the album and was his second studio album release. It was then issued on Tammy Wynette's 1985 studio album, also called Sometimes When We Touch. The track was also the only duet recording on Wynette's studio release.
- 7" vinyl single
- "Sometimes When We Touch" (Mark Gray and Tammy Wynette) – 3:37
- "You're Gonna Be the Last Love" (Mark Gray) – 2:37
|US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)||6|
|CAN Country Singles (RPM)||24|
Tina Turner recorded a version for her 1978 album, Rough. An Estonian language version of the song (entitled "Puudutus" ("Touch")) also exists. Often performed as a duet, the song has been covered by Koit Toome and Maarja-Liis Ilus among others. On Toome's acoustic greatest hits album, Allikas, the song is present as a solo piece with the tune credited to 'H. Dan'.
In 2008, Daniel Evans performed the song at his first audition on series 5 of the X Factor (UK) bringing judge Cheryl Cole to tears after he sang in memory of his wife, who died shortly after childbirth. The clip has had nearly 20 million views on YouTube. He subsequently released the song on his debut album No Easy Way in 2010.
The ska band Five Iron Frenzy also did a cover of this song as part of a "Medley" during their farewell tour in 2004. There is also a version recorded in 1980 by Cleo Laine and James Galway. Tammy Wynette covered the song in 1985 with country-pop singer Mark Gray. Their duet version peaked at No. 6 on the country singles chart in 1985. British singer Rod Stewart recorded the song for his 1996 album If We Fall in Love Tonight. Veteran British entertainer Tommy Steele recorded this on his Family Album.
Manny Pacquiao sang this song on the November 3, 2009 showing of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. This was Pacquiao's first guest appearance on an American late night TV talk show and his first singing performance on American TV. He would later record this song in April 2011 as a single which reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
- 1978, Lynn Anderson covered the song on her album From the Inside.
- 1979, Ginette Reno covered the song in French Quand nos corps se touchent (When our bodies touch).
- 1979, Karel Gott recorded a Czech version Stokrát chválím čas (I praise time a hundred times).
- 1979, Demis Roussos recorded and released versions in French Tu N'as Pas Le Droit (You have no right), Italian Il Tocco Dell'Amore (The Touch Of Love), Spanish Rozando Nuestra Piel (Rubbing Our Skin), and German Nur Manchmal In Der Nacht (Only sometimes at night). He also performed the original in English during his concert at Sydney Opera House in December 1979, released in the following year on his official Roussos Live! LP.
- 1980, Cilla Black released on the song on her album "Especially for You (Cilla Black album)".
- 1981, Bonnie Tyler released the song on her album Goodbye to the Island.
- 1983, An instrumental version was used as the theme to sitcom Sweet Sixteen.
- 1996, Barry Manilow covered the song for his compilation album, Summer of '78.
- 1996, Rod Stewart covered the song in his album If We Fall in Love Tonight.
- 2000, Engelbert Humperdinck recorded it on his album Engelbert at his very best.
- 2000, Barry Mann made his own version of the song on his solo album "Soul & Inspiration".
- 2004, Five Iron Frenzy included a portion of the song during a medley on their live album The End Is Here.
- 2007, Donny Osmond released a cover of this song on his solo studio album, Love Songs of the '70s.
- 2007, Ara Muna recorded it in Tagalog version with Kapampangan lyrics under the title O 'Jo Kaluguran Da Ka ("Oh My Love, I Love You").
- 2008, Olivia Ong covered the song in her album Best of Olivia.
- 2010, Daniel Evans covered the song on his album No Easy Way.
- 2011, Manny Pacquiao released the song as a single with Dan Hill.
"När vi rör varann"
There is a Swedish version of the lyrics, called "När vi rör varann" ("When We Touch Each Other"), written by Ingela "Pling" Forsman and recorded by Kikki Danielsson in 1980 and Susanne Alfvengren in 1984. "När vi rör varann" has become the signature song for Susanne Alfvengren. The Monica Silverstrand version reached the Svensktoppen from 24 February-2 March 1980, peaking at number 6.
"เงียบๆคนเดียว (Alone Quietly)"
There is a Thai song using the melody of this song, lyrics were written in 1989 by See Fah and performed by Thongchai McIntyre in his album "Boomerang" released in 1990. This song is about the failed relationship of one couple, the man wanted the woman to leave him alone and forget everything about him when she started her new relationship.
Chinese lyrics were written for Barry Mann's music by Beijing-based director Chen Peng for his gay relationship series Like Love (2014) and Nobody Knows But Me (2015). A music video of this version was released in 2014, and another music video was released in 2015 with the words sung by Chen Peng and the actors Kong Chuinan, Huang Lige, Liu Mei Lu, Dong Yufeng and Ma Yu.
The song has been used in numerous films, television programs and commercials since its initial release. Among the more notable usages are the 1999 film Superstar, a 2003 GEICO commercial, the 2008 film Tropic Thunder (it's agent Rick Peck's ringtone), and the 2014 Simpsons episode The Yellow Badge of Cowardge.
In 1996, This Hour Has 22 Minutes ran a comedic sketch in which Canada was taken over by terrorists who in turn were promptly defeated when the Canadian Armed Forces deployed the song as their secret weapon. At the time, Hill was making television appearances to promote his new album I'm Doing Fine, and Pamela Wallin confronted Hill (who had not yet seen it) with the sketch on live national television.
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